Saturday, June 18, 2016

Why Does It Take All Day to Keep House? (Video 18)

It may be simple to throw a meal together, but if you are really being thoughtful about it, or if you are including your children in the process, this can take much, much time: one reason for the wife to be home all day.

Ladies are home all day because they are guiding and guarding the home, not just cleaning or keeping house. They are making a home.

Here is a housekeeping/hmemaking list a friend sent me:

My favorite schedule is from the hard-to-find book, written by a former Housekeeper in Charge of the White House, back in 1965, Mary Kaltman.
Dishes, Counters, Sweep floor, Empty Garbage
Bedrooms – dust twice a week, make bed 
Bathrooms – wash basin, check towels, TP, Soap, and Toilet Bowl
Living Room – pick up, grease mark removal from glass table tops, dust, vacuum lightly
Put house back in order – vacuum
Check up on staples and plan meals for Tues, Wed., Thurs.
Market and put food away
Wash and trim vegetables
Clean kitchen thoroughly
Laundry (not sheets and towels)
Iron and put away laundry
Thorough cleaning of bedroom and bath
Change sheets
Launder towels and sheets and put them away
Clean fridge
Plan meals for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
Plant care
Outdoor maintenance

Also, this site has a housekeeping routine on it. I dont care for everything on flylady but there are some good things very much worth reading:

Keep in mind that being a housewife is not all about cleaning and working.  It is about making a home a place for the family that serves all your needs, adds comfort, love and loyalty.


Mrs. Christopher Daniels said...

Cool!! Thanks for the education. I told you we would enjoy hearing you talk shop with us! Kitchen talk:-)

Anne Staudt said...

Love this schedule! There is no way I could keep up with it though with my almost six young children and chronic illness. Housekeeping is the most daunting part of my stay at home life. I never seem to be able to keep up.

ladypinktulip said...

I think that is a great schedule. Kelly T.

Angela said...

Very nice video! It takes me 24 hours to make dinner! The hamburger for tomorrow is already out of the freezer and I have checked my recipe for side dish for tomorrow.

Laura Jeanne said...

Anne, I feel the same as you. I have four children whom I homeschool, a homestead to care for, and health problems on top of it. I love seeing schedules like this one but I could never keep up with it. It is a real challenge for me just to keep up with the laundry and get healthy meals on the table, but I feel like as long as those are done it's not a disaster. I do wish I could get to the housework more often, though. My house looks like a tornado has gone through most days, especially this time of year when I have to spend an hour or two in our giant garden each day.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lady Lydia. I love this video and the inspiration and encouragement it gives me as a housewife.

Love, Mara. xx.

ladypinktulip said...

Laura Jeanne,

I have fibromyalgia and am learning to hold loosely to the schedule. If I
can do 1 or 2 things a day that doesnt push me into a flare up I am happy. I
have also had to learn that while I used to LOVE to put together complicated
suppers...I have had to simplify. My family is fine with this. As summer is
here we will be eating more fresh tomatoes, watermelon etc. To this I will add
maybe grilled fish or chicken. I gave up on complicated casseroles and such. I
understand what it is like to feel fatigue every single day. Kelly T.

Alexander said...

Great video, Lady Lydia!

A few days ago, I took an English test at a local (German) facility and there were far more women than men among the participants. I hung out with two girls my age during the break. It became apparent that they were extremely focused on their careers, told me all the 'fun stuff' they have done so far, as well as mentioning how they smuggled pot and a lot of other disturbing things. It's a shame. They were very proud of how much money they make as baristas and how they intend to do all the things you mentioned in your previous video: Studying, becoming some exotic kind of engineer - while never even mentioning the words 'marriage', 'husband' or 'children' even once.

Thank you so much for your blog!
Greetings from Germany,


Vickie said...

Making menus for the day and the week is no easy task. My husband also cooks as he loves it so it falls on both of us to find affordable meals to make. I like flylady as well but I find her emails a little overwhelming. Still she has helped me get rid of my perfectionism in the home and enjoy it better. And of course your blog!:)

Julie Lewis said...

Your dress is GORGEOUS!!!!

Lynn Maust said...

i am thinking of your schedule as serenely paced.....logical and balanced and pleasurable.

Lydia said...

Ladies, of course I hope I didnt give the wromg message by including the housekeeping schedule from an old book. I put it there to show why it takes all day to be a homemaker. I did not post it to make anyone think they should have that same schedule.

Jenny said...

Keeping a house does take all day! I think it will be decades before I get everything done on my housekeeping wish list. The daily tasks really do take a lot of time out of the day. Also, regarding men and housework: After the baby came along in September, my dear husband ran the house for two weeks -- he did it all, bless his heart. I was amazed at how quickly he got things done. He really did approach quite mechanically, and although he was doing it out of love for me and our children, I know he didn't put as much love into the tasks as I do. I loved in your video when you talked about enjoying doing the dishes because you think of the nice things related to them. I'm the same way with laundry, bed making, and even sweeping. It truly is a wonderful experience to do all these things with love!

Mrs. Christopher Daniels said...

Hi Lydia, Have you found nice ways to let a husband know that the house is the woman's domain. Like when they question why you put books on the coffee table instead of magazines?

Should a home schooled kid be more home trained than a regular kid? Like how to behave or are kids kids?

If a man has a new friend that seems stable is it jealousy on the wife's part to want that time and attention with her husband or should she rejoice that he's out of her hair and busy? :-) questions on my mind...

Tricia said...

Dear Lydia,
I have been experimenting this week and following the schedule you posted! I know it's only Tuesday, but I am LOVING it! Thanks for sharing!


Tricia said...

Dear Lydia,
I am experimenting this week with doing the schedule you posted! I know it's only Tuesday but I am LOVING it! Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Christopher Daniels said...

By training I mean how to behave in the house. Someone menti ok nedra that my daughters home training should be impeccable since she's been home with me I stead of pre k.

Mara Bearden said...

Love this article Lady Lydia and a lot of others on your blog! You have some of the best and helpful articles for homemakers and soon to be homemakers. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Your information is truly valuable.

Christine Beauchamp said...

I always loved doing housework. . . it felt very fulfilling, and still does. There's nothing like a cozy home. . .and a few others to share it with. I always thought that was because I was Polish, raised simply . . . but maybe it has more to do with wanting true fulfillment in simple things such as a clean house and a good meal. I didn't mind working and have a bit of money, but I was never driven to a career as the women are today. I find it stressful and unnecessary. I also love changing the house with the various seasons, at least a bit: a quilt on the table or over the door, maybe a few little extra touches - - but they are simple touches. And a fresh growing garden in the warmer months. To me that is luxury. .. with the occasional quiet conversation with a friend. Most of my friends are driven and have little time for quiet conversations. . . Bless you Lydia. . .for getting these wonderful conversations going - - and speaking of things that are still so important.

Christine Beauchamp said...

I would also add. . . I went to Catholic Grammar School, taught by old nuns. . and now I'm so grateful to my mother for sending me there rather than public school. It was very difficult and they could be mean / punitive. They encouraged us to go on to higher education - - which I was not at all interested in. But they also encouraged us in the home life. . . that it was okay to take care of the home; to make simple meals and have everyone sit down together at meal time; to take time and go to the bathroom when you needed to do that. . . to take care of your health by eating sensible meals, sewing what we could ourselves, being thrifty and making time for the sacred in our lives. It was a wonderful foundation for me. . . I know I did what was right for me not pursuing a different lifestyle.


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